Period
to 28 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PCI DSS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PCI DSS over the 6 months to 28 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
UK
6 months to
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 581 467 489
Rank change year-on-year -114 +22 +45
Contract jobs citing PCI DSS 247 146 276
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.34% 0.38%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.16% 2.80% 3.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 100 176
10th Percentile £265 £315 £328
25th Percentile £425 £350 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £464 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.51% -7.25% -2.44%
75th Percentile £600 £579 £625
90th Percentile £675 £688 £738
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £450
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% -6.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
10th Percentile - - -
25th Percentile - - £19.05
Median hourly rate - - £20.11
75th Percentile - - £49.33
90th Percentile - - £66.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £20.11

PCI DSS is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 11,455 5,208 8,002
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.05% 12.22% 11.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,791 3,448 5,095
10th Percentile £270 £267 £241
25th Percentile £400 £365 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £550
90th Percentile £700 £650 £631
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £420
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 277 227 304
10th Percentile £11.12 £10.78 £12.50
25th Percentile £14.25 £14.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate £24.24 £21.05 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year +15.15% +2.68% +1.26%
75th Percentile £49.25 £41.25 £47.50
90th Percentile £58.75 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.10 £21.05 £21.17
% change year-on-year -9.26% -0.57% +4.57%

PCI DSS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing PCI DSS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Daily rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing PCI DSS over the 6 months to 28 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Hourly rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PCI DSS within the UK over the 6 months to 28 January 2022. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
England -154 189 £545 +19.45% 117
London -106 113 £550 +8.64% 38
Work from Home -124 80 £463 -0.54% 21
UK excluding London -128 72 £450 +2.86% 82
South East -91 18 £488 +39.29% 24
North of England -64 17 £400 -13.51% 28
Midlands -63 14 £120 -73.33% 16
East Midlands -26 9 £540 -1.82% 5
Yorkshire -31 9 £300 -25.00% 9
East of England -41 8 £490 -2.73% 4
Scotland -50 8 £200 -52.94% 4
North West -51 8 £450 -10.45% 17
South West -51 6 £638 -8.93% 4
West Midlands -55 5 £120 -65.71% 11
Wales -26 1 £595 -11.85% 2

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, IT contractor jobs citing PCI DSS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PCI DSS.

1 116 (46.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 85 (34.41%) GDPR
3 69 (27.94%) Finance
4 67 (27.13%) Information Security
5 64 (25.91%) Cybersecurity
6 62 (25.10%) Azure
7 59 (23.89%) NIST
8 56 (22.67%) Social Skills
8 56 (22.67%) Firewall
9 49 (19.84%) Windows
10 48 (19.43%) AWS
11 47 (19.03%) CISSP
12 43 (17.41%) Agile Software Development
13 39 (15.79%) CISM
14 37 (14.98%) DNS
15 35 (14.17%) Risk Management
16 32 (12.96%) Management Information System
16 32 (12.96%) OWASP
17 31 (12.55%) Data Security
18 30 (12.15%) Active Directory
18 30 (12.15%) Linux
19 29 (11.74%) ITIL
19 29 (11.74%) SQL
19 29 (11.74%) Microsoft
19 29 (11.74%) Retail
19 29 (11.74%) SIEM
20 28 (11.34%) TOGAF
21 27 (10.93%) Stakeholder Management
22 26 (10.53%) CISA
22 26 (10.53%) COBIT

PCI DSS
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 9 (3.64%) JBoss
1 9 (3.64%) NetWeaver
1 9 (3.64%) WebSphere
2 6 (2.43%) Apache Spark
3 3 (1.21%) IBM Notes
3 3 (1.21%) IIS
4 2 (0.81%) Apache
4 2 (0.81%) Confluence
4 2 (0.81%) nginx
4 2 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 3 (1.21%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 19 (7.69%) Payment Gateway
2 12 (4.86%) Shopify
3 2 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.40%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 62 (25.10%) Azure
2 48 (19.43%) AWS
3 25 (10.12%) SaaS
4 21 (8.50%) Microsoft 365
5 20 (8.10%) IaaS
6 16 (6.48%) Serverless
7 15 (6.07%) PaaS
8 11 (4.45%) Amazon S3
9 9 (3.64%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 9 (3.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 8 (3.24%) Azure Functions
10 8 (3.24%) Power Platform
11 7 (2.83%) Azure Active Directory
12 6 (2.43%) Amazon ECS
12 6 (2.43%) AWS Lambda
12 6 (2.43%) Azure Data Factory
12 6 (2.43%) Azure Monitor
12 6 (2.43%) Azure Synapse Analytics
12 6 (2.43%) GCP
13 5 (2.02%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 56 (22.67%) Firewall
2 37 (14.98%) DNS
3 21 (8.50%) Internet
4 20 (8.10%) VPN
4 20 (8.10%) WAN
5 19 (7.69%) DHCP
6 14 (5.67%) DMZ
7 12 (4.86%) Network Security
7 12 (4.86%) Wireless
8 11 (4.45%) LAN
8 11 (4.45%) MPLS
8 11 (4.45%) VLAN
9 10 (4.05%) SD-WAN
9 10 (4.05%) TCP/IP
10 9 (3.64%) PBX
10 9 (3.64%) Skype
10 9 (3.64%) VoIP
11 6 (2.43%) Intrusion Detection
11 6 (2.43%) SSL
12 2 (0.81%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.07%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.05%) MySQL
3 9 (3.64%) Azure SQL Database
3 9 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (3.64%) DB2
3 9 (3.64%) SAP HANA
4 8 (3.24%) Power BI
5 6 (2.43%) Data Lake
6 4 (1.62%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.81%) Big Data
7 2 (0.81%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.81%) Tableau
8 1 (0.40%) Amazon Aurora
8 1 (0.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.40%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.40%) HBase
8 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.40%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.40%) Redis
8 1 (0.40%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (4.86%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.21%) IDA Disassembler
2 3 (1.21%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.21%) JIRA
3 2 (0.81%) GitLab
3 2 (0.81%) JMeter
3 2 (0.81%) Selenium
3 2 (0.81%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.40%) Appium
4 1 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.40%) Cypress.io
4 1 (0.40%) Gradle
4 1 (0.40%) Mercurial
4 1 (0.40%) NUnit
4 1 (0.40%) Postman
4 1 (0.40%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.40%) Subversion
4 1 (0.40%) TeamCity
General
1 69 (27.94%) Finance
2 56 (22.67%) Social Skills
3 29 (11.74%) Retail
4 15 (6.07%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (4.45%) Influencing Skills
6 10 (4.05%) Banking
7 8 (3.24%) Presentation Skills
7 8 (3.24%) Public Sector
8 4 (1.62%) Documentation Skills
8 4 (1.62%) Legal
9 2 (0.81%) Advertising
9 2 (0.81%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 2 (0.81%) Marketing
9 2 (0.81%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.40%) Front Office
10 1 (0.40%) Games
10 1 (0.40%) Law
10 1 (0.40%) Local Government
10 1 (0.40%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 48 (19.43%) Architect
2 33 (13.36%) Consultant
3 28 (11.34%) Security Consultant
3 28 (11.34%) Solutions Architect
4 19 (7.69%) Security Engineer
5 18 (7.29%) Analyst
6 16 (6.48%) Security Manager
7 12 (4.86%) Infrastructure Architect
8 11 (4.45%) Security Architect
9 10 (4.05%) Project Manager
9 10 (4.05%) Support Engineer
10 9 (3.64%) Data Engineer
10 9 (3.64%) Designer
10 9 (3.64%) IT Engineer
10 9 (3.64%) IT Support
10 9 (3.64%) IT Support Engineer
11 8 (3.24%) Solutions Designer
12 7 (2.83%) IT Architect
12 7 (2.83%) IT Manager
12 7 (2.83%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (4.86%) CSS
1 12 (4.86%) CSS3
1 12 (4.86%) HTML
1 12 (4.86%) jQuery
1 12 (4.86%) Middleware
1 12 (4.86%) Symfony
2 11 (4.45%) Web Services
3 9 (3.64%) JSON
3 9 (3.64%) SAP Basis
4 6 (2.43%) .NET
4 6 (2.43%) HTML5
4 6 (2.43%) Kafka
4 6 (2.43%) Spark Streaming
4 6 (2.43%) XML
5 5 (2.02%) .NET Core
5 5 (2.02%) RESTful
6 3 (1.21%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (1.21%) SailPoint
6 3 (1.21%) SAML
7 1 (0.40%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 32 (12.96%) Management Information System
2 18 (7.29%) Public Cloud
3 12 (4.86%) Data Structures
4 11 (4.45%) PKI
5 8 (3.24%) Hybrid Cloud
6 7 (2.83%) Mobile App
7 6 (2.43%) Cloud Native
7 6 (2.43%) Data Centre
7 6 (2.43%) Legacy Applications
7 6 (2.43%) Linux Command Line
8 5 (2.02%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 3 (1.21%) Legacy Systems
9 3 (1.21%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
10 2 (0.81%) EPoS
10 2 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.81%) Security Operations Centre
10 2 (0.81%) Self-Motivation
10 2 (0.81%) SWIFT
10 2 (0.81%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 49 (19.84%) Windows
2 30 (12.15%) Linux
3 19 (7.69%) Windows Server
4 16 (6.48%) Unix
5 10 (4.05%) VMS
6 9 (3.64%) AIX
7 6 (2.43%) Android
8 5 (2.02%) Apple iOS
9 4 (1.62%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.21%) Windows Phone
10 3 (1.21%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.81%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.81%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.81%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (0.81%) Windows Server 2019
12 1 (0.40%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.40%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.40%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (27.13%) Information Security
2 64 (25.91%) Cybersecurity
3 43 (17.41%) Agile Software Development
4 35 (14.17%) Risk Management
5 32 (12.96%) OWASP
6 31 (12.55%) Data Security
7 29 (11.74%) ITIL
7 29 (11.74%) SIEM
8 28 (11.34%) TOGAF
9 27 (10.93%) Stakeholder Management
10 26 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
11 25 (10.12%) Security Management
12 24 (9.72%) Data Protection
12 24 (9.72%) DevOps
13 23 (9.31%) Microservices
13 23 (9.31%) Service Management
14 22 (8.91%) ISMS
15 20 (8.10%) Disaster Recovery
16 19 (7.69%) Information Security Management
16 19 (7.69%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 29 (11.74%) SQL
2 18 (7.29%) JavaScript
3 17 (6.88%) Python
4 16 (6.48%) C#
5 13 (5.26%) PHP
6 11 (4.45%) Java
6 11 (4.45%) PowerShell
7 9 (3.64%) Bash
8 3 (1.21%) Rust
9 2 (0.81%) Go
9 2 (0.81%) Kotlin
9 2 (0.81%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.40%) Apple Swift
10 1 (0.40%) C
10 1 (0.40%) Perl
10 1 (0.40%) Ruby
10 1 (0.40%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.40%) VB
Qualifications
1 47 (19.03%) CISSP
2 39 (15.79%) CISM
3 26 (10.53%) CISA
4 24 (9.72%) FFIEC
5 21 (8.50%) Degree
6 20 (8.10%) CRISC
7 15 (6.07%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (6.07%) Microsoft Certification
8 14 (5.67%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 13 (5.26%) MCSE
10 12 (4.86%) CCNA
10 12 (4.86%) MCP
10 12 (4.86%) MCSA
10 12 (4.86%) PMP
11 10 (4.05%) GIAC
12 9 (3.64%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
13 8 (3.24%) PCI QSA
13 8 (3.24%) PMI Certification
13 8 (3.24%) SC Cleared
13 8 (3.24%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (46.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 85 (34.41%) GDPR
3 59 (23.89%) NIST
4 26 (10.53%) COBIT
5 22 (8.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 21 (8.50%) GLBA
7 17 (6.88%) GRC
8 14 (5.67%) Cyber Essentials
8 14 (5.67%) SOC 2
9 11 (4.45%) HIPAA
9 11 (4.45%) ISO 9001
10 9 (3.64%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 8 (3.24%) PSD2
12 7 (2.83%) Data Quality
13 6 (2.43%) NCSC
14 5 (2.02%) SLA
15 4 (1.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 4 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 3 (1.21%) QA
17 2 (0.81%) RMADS
System Software
1 30 (12.15%) Active Directory
2 16 (6.48%) Docker
3 6 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.21%) VMware Server
5 2 (0.81%) DFS Replication
5 2 (0.81%) Virtual Servers
5 2 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.40%) NFS
6 1 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 16 (6.48%) Kubernetes
2 11 (4.45%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 6 (2.43%) Terraform
4 4 (1.62%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 4 (1.62%) RSA Archer
4 4 (1.62%) WSUS
5 2 (0.81%) Ansible
5 2 (0.81%) EdgeSight
5 2 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.81%) Puppet
5 2 (0.81%) SCCM
5 2 (0.81%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.40%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.40%) HP SiteScope
6 1 (0.40%) MIIS
6 1 (0.40%) Nagios
6 1 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.40%) Salt
6 1 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 29 (11.74%) Microsoft
2 15 (6.07%) Cisco
2 15 (6.07%) Citrix
3 13 (5.26%) Oracle
3 13 (5.26%) VMware
4 12 (4.86%) PayPal
4 12 (4.86%) WorldPay
5 11 (4.45%) SAP
6 10 (4.05%) Avaya
7 9 (3.64%) Red Hat
7 9 (3.64%) Software AG
8 7 (2.83%) ForeScout
9 6 (2.43%) Databricks
9 6 (2.43%) Okta
10 5 (2.02%) IBM
11 3 (1.21%) Apple
11 3 (1.21%) CyberArk
11 3 (1.21%) Palo Alto
11 3 (1.21%) Rapid7
12 2 (0.81%) Thales